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The City of Palmdale will host its annual Palmdale Environmental Pride Week with a series of programs and events which focus on making the community cleaner and safer for all.

Through today, Waste Management will collect up to eight extra bags of trash on the regular trash day for customers living in Palmdale city limits. No household hazardous waste (HHW) or electronic waste (E-waste) is accepted during these pick-ups.

Residents may take their HHW and E-Waste to the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center (AVECC), located at 1200 W. City Ranch Rd, in Palmdale. AVECC is open on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information and for updates on service dates/hours, call (888) CLEAN LA or visit CleanLA.com.

Items which may be brought to AVECC include unused pharmaceuticals; sharps waste; antifreeze; car batteries; used motor oil and filters; paint; pesticides; household batteries; fluorescent light bulbs; TVs; computers; VCRs; stereos and cell phones. Residents may also bring up to 15 gallons or 125 pounds of HHW/E-Waste per trip. Business commercial waste is not accepted.

“It’s great to see a growing environmental interest among our residents who are working to make Palmdale a better and cleaner place to live through various desert clean up events on a regular basis,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “I encourage everyone to get involved and take advantage of the many earth-friendly services that are available free of charge.”

Some of those services include:

Free document shredding: Palmdale residents may bring up to five boxes of documents for shredding to Palmdale Landfill, 1200 W. City Ranch Rd., Palmdale, on May 8, July 10, and Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.

No metal clips, binders, plastic sheet covers will be accepted. Staples, file folders and envelopes are ok. For more information, call (661) 947-7197 or visit home.wm.com/palmdale. Document destruction services are available to Palmdale residents every second Saturday of an odd month (subject to change).

Mattress recycling: While mattress recycling collection events are currently suspended due to COVID-19, Palmdale residents may drop off mattresses at the Palmdale Landfill free of charge, or they may schedule a free bulky item pickup four times per year, with up to four items collected per pickup. To also find other free mattress recycling facilities by visiting ByeByeMattress.com.

“Waste mattresses can be recycled into new products including carpet, textiles, metal scraps for new appliances, building materials, renewable fuel and pet bed padding,” said Mayor Pro Tem Laura Bettencourt.

Sharps disposal: To ensure proper containment and disposal of household sharps visit SafeNeedleDisposal.org. It provides resources to help residents safely discard their used household sharps, including the locations of the more than 300 participating retail pharmacies throughout LA County.

Paint recycling: Residents and businesses may now recycle leftover paint for free at local retail stores. It is advisable to call before taking paint to any of the listed centers:

• Sherwin Williams – 550 W. Ave. P, Palmdale – (661) 947-6748

• Dunn Edwards Paints – 730 W Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale – (661) 224-1988

• AVECC – 1200 W. City Ranch Rd., first and third Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For program details, visitwww.PaintCare.org or call (855) 724-6809.

Free ‘Smart Gardening’ webinars: Topics include: Introduction to Composting, Water-wise Gardening, Organic Gardening, and Small-space Gardening. They are 45-minutes long followed by a 15-minute period to ask questions and order compost bins at a discounted price.

For smart gardening tips and to register for a webinar, visit smartgardening.com

Residents are encouraged to download the Recycle Coach app through their Apple or Google app store or to go to https://cityofpalmdale.org/173/Environmental-Technology to get up to date information or reminders about their collection schedule.

For more details, call the City’s Environmental & Technology Division at (661) 267-5300 or via email at envirotech@cityofpalmdale.org, or contact Waste Management at (661) 947-7197 with any questions or concerns.